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Underbite Hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kung Foo Chicken, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Someone gave me a hen today that appears to have a severe underbite. I mention this as it looks like the bottom bill is longer than the top. The original owner was gonna cull her. She appears not to be able to close her mouth completely. I'm hoping someone from here knows if anything can be done to help. I'll get some photos in the morning if anyone cares to see this. She can eat or drink but looks uncomfortable with not being able to close her mouth all the way.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Is she a cross beak or was she de-beaked? If so she can still have a good life as a pet as long as you have the feeders deep enough for her to scoop her feed.
  3. Nope to both. She doesn't appear to be crossbeak from photos I've looked at online and the top beak hasn't been cut. It's more so the bottom half of the beak is longer than the top and doesn't close all the way. I'll get some photos in the AM.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
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    Ok sorry for the delay. The Camera didn't want to agree with me. Sorry for the photos
    being somewhat blurry the digital camera isn't very good.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  5. Bump up as this chicken seems to have a hard time eating. The beak isn't crossed rather the top part of the beak is shorter so the two pieces of the beak do not meet up properly. Think of it as the point crook of the top of the beak closes in the middle of it's lower beak keeping the chicken from closing it's mouth properly. I watched it eating today where it pecks food that just falls out of it's mouth. Is there a way to trim the lower beak?
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008

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